Homer was born May 20, 1932, in Alton, Kan., a son of Carl and Anita (Perfect) Grimes. He married Barbara M. (DeLange) Grimes on June 18, 1961 in Girard.
He proudly served his country in the Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged. Following the war, he returned home to continue his college education. He earned his bachelors degree from Fort Hayes State University, and his master's degree from Colorado State University.
He began his career in education as an industrial arts instructor and basketball coach, there after he continued as a guidance counselor for several different school districts for a total of 19 years.
Homer had a love for farming and was a full-time farmer for most of his life, always taking great care of his animals, land and crops.
During the early years as a teacher, he spent five years running his own custom combining crew, later expanding his farming operation to include several different types of crops, and experimenting with different breeds of cattle.
When he retired from education, he was still participating in the farming activities. His love for people was evident throughout his entire life, never meeting a stranger and full of compassion and wisdom. He always enjoyed a good conversation and loved to laugh.
He was a leader and very active in his walk with Yahweh, witnessing for Yeshua, and walking with our Heavenly Father wherever he went. Music and family were also close to his heart and made his life complete. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and grandchildren taking several trips and vacations to different destinations.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Anita Grimes, and older brother, Carol D. Grimes.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home, and his son, Duane Grimes of Rock Springs, Wyoming, his daughter, Donetta Wakefield of Lebanon, Mo., and three grandchildren, Zach Wakefield, Paige Wakefield, and Cooper Grimes along with a younger brother, Merlin D. Grimes of Great Bend, Kansas, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m., Thursday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with Pastor Rick Wakefield and Walter Spurling officiating. Burial will be in the Girard Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home where friends may call after 3 p.m., Wednesday.
Memorials are suggested to a Grandchildren's Education Fund and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.
Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com